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Live Well Die Well

JourneyCare is proud to host engaging and enlightening events with Kimberly Paul, author of “Bridging the Gap” and podcast host of “Death by Design,” as she shares touching and humorous personal stories and life lessons she discovered while working at the bedside of hospice patients for nearly 20 years. Kimberly is traveling across the U.S. in an RV to educate communities, help people feel more comfortable talking about end of life, and empower individuals to reclaim death as a human experience and not a medical event.


Dinner Program

Wednesday, September 25
Reclaiming Our Voice at End of Life
Registration and Dinner: 5:45 p.m. Presentation: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $10*
The Onion Pub & Brewery
22221 N. Pepper Road, Lake Barrington

Has America monetized death? When did death become a medical event? I believe it is time to reclaim our end of life from the medical community, since death is a human event. This presentation will provide an overview of how to reclaim our end of life from the medical community. In several studies, it is stated that 80% of individuals wish to die at home with loved ones surrounding them; yet, only 20% do so. Why is that? Throughout history, it is proven that when individuals are facing imminent death, they desire to connect with those who they love most and say goodbye. The first step to solving a problem is recognizing it. This presentation will empower the community to reclaim their role within their own end of life and creating experiences reflecting their lives and desires.

  • To examine why America spends 7 times more money during the last 6 months of an individual’s life compared to other countries.
  • To review the growing end of life services baby boomers are demanding at the end of life.
  • How to become one’s own advocate throughout the medical atmosphere?
  • Why is America so resistant to the idea that each of us will die one today? Why don’t we prepare for it?
  • How can the individual change their relationship with death?


Lunch Program

Thursday, September 26
Live Well Die Well: A Journey to Find Connection Personally and Professionally
Registration and Lunch: 11:30 a.m.
Presentation: Noon
Cost: $10*
The Community House
415 West Eighth Street, Hinsdale

This inspirational presentation will discuss how the Live Well Die Well Tour evolved, incorporated national sponsors and plans to drive to 49 states over the next 2 years. Kimberly will share personal stories, discoveries, and campfire chats with strangers. Individuals are not afraid to talk about death or dying; they are just looking for permission to have an authentic conversation.

  • The goals and objectives of the Live Well Die Well Tour.
  • The personal journey behind the scenes.
  • The pulse of how Americans feel about death.

Dinner Program

Thursday, September 26
Following Your Curiosity: Being Brave is Scary
Registration and Dinner: 6 p.m.
Presentation: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $10*
The Community House
415 West Eighth Street, Hinsdale

Throughout our lives we are told, “Follow your dreams.” Yet, some do not know what their dreams are. How do we replace this statement with “Follow your curiosity?” Living a life or pushing the limits to live a life less ordinary is scary. Being brave is scary.

This presentation will take you on a journey on our Kimberly, who left a six-figure salary, rented out her house, sold her possessions, and brought an RV, to follow her passion and change how individuals talk about death and dying, one community, one town, and one person at a time. This inspirational talk will empower you to examine your own life, inspiring you to set a plan to follow your own curiosity. Change our thoughts, change your life.

  • What do you want from life?
  • When you are on your death bed, will you regret “not living?”
  • What is your curiosity; how do you implement steps and begin to follow them on a small scale?

This event made possible available for RN, SW and LCSW through the support of the Community Memorial Foundation.

*While supplies last, a limited number of tickets are available for anyone who may need financial assistance to attend. To learn more, please contact Rachael Telleen at 847-556-1702 or programs@journeycare.org.